Are you afraid of sharks? Because I am terrified of them. Weirdly enough this short story has nothing to do with sharks. This short story is called The Truth about Sharks written by Joan Bauer. It was an early morning when Beth got woken up by her alarm. It was her Uncle Al’s birthday party and beth needed to get pants. When Beth got to the mall she walked by Madge P. Groton the stocky, ugly security guard. Beth started to try on pants when she went to get another size and that when the trouble started. When she went to look for pants the security guard thought she was stealing and called the cops. When the cops arrested her she said she had evidence to show the cop that she didn´t steal. When she showed the cop the helper in the store and
“No man knows the value of innocence and integrity but he who has lost them.” This compelling quote from William Godwin shows the importance of integrity, guilt, and most importantly, innocence. Innocence, is the exact opposite of guilt, wrong, sin, and disgrace. Joan Bauer is the author of the extraordinary short story, “The Truth About Sharks.” This realistic fiction short story has a shocking ending where the main protagonist, Beth changes her point of view about guilt and innocence. One sunny day, a young girl by the name of Beth traveled one day to “Mitchell Gail’s,” which is her “go to” store. Beth needs to purchase clothes for her Uncle Al’s birthday party. As she browses through clothes she meets a friendly employee whose name is Hannah. Hannah offers hold on to Beth’s belongings while she goes into the changing room to try on clothes. As soon as she steps out of the changing room, she is caught by Madge P. Groton who is the head security guard of the store. Madge accuses Beth of shoplifting, but in reality Beth hasn’t stolen anything. Beth begins to feel hopeless as she is escorted to the main security office within the store. When a police officer arrives to the store, Beth is put into custody and sits in the back of the officer’s squad car. Beth is able to convince the police officer to take her into the store to prove she is innocent. Once Hannah tells the police officer what “really” happened, Beth is let off the hook and she is proven to be innocent. Beth is
In the short story “The Truth About Sharks”, author Joan Bauer creates a very strong interpretation of a bold main character named Beth, who is accused of shoplifting at a local store. Although she is faced with a very strong security guard, she stands up to her to get what she wants by telling the truth. Bauer uses character development, symbolism, and conflict, both internal and external, to explain Beth’s journey. Analysis of literary devices made in “The Truth About Sharks” reveal how Bauer makes a subtle connection between the character and the reader which creates a connection with the theme which is one should always stand up for what one believes is the truth, even when the odds are stacked against it.
The only thing that made it significant was the masses of people who joined in.” Historian Jeanne Theoharis once said, Rosa Parks brought together a unique blend of life experiences, a commitment to racial justice, and a flawless reputation to transform a single act of defiance into a defining moment for the modern American civil rights movement. Rosa Parks, with her flawless character, quiet strength, and moral fortitude, was seen as an ideal
In addition, the story also underlines the verity that it is not a crime for women to have flaws as depicted by Cisneros (1991), “Barbie’s MOD’ern cousin Francie with real eyelashes, eyelash brush included, has a left foot that’s melted a little-so? If you dress her in new ‘Prom Pink’ outfit, satin splendor with matching coat, gold belt, clutch, and hair bow included, so long as you don’t lift her dress right?-who’s to know”(p. 15). Even though
The main background of this tale is set in a plain quite shop called A&P. The store is placed in a conservative seaside town in Massachusetts. As told by the main character Sammy he sets the atmosphere of “You know, it's one thing to have a girl in a bathing suit down on the beach, where what with the glare nobody can look at each other much anyway, and another thing in the cool of the A & P, under the fluorescent lights, against all those stacked packages, with her feet paddling along naked over our checkerboard green-and-cream rubber-tile floor.” (2 Updike)
Rosa Parks and Ruby Bridges were two important figures in relation to civil rights because they stood up for what they believed in. In the story, “Personal Photos and Letters Show the True Rosa Parks” they stated that she wouldn’t give up her seat to a white man because she didn’t think that it was fair. She refused and got arrested for doing something that she believed in. Also in the article, “Civil Rights Activist: Ruby Bridges” they stated that when Ruby was 6 years old she was the first African-American to attend a white Southern elementary school. She was isolated at her school because of the color of her skin.
In the short story ''Barbie Q,'' Sandra Cisneros portrays that Barbie dolls can impact girl's lives as they grow up, and influence the way they act and perceive themselves. These girls grow up in a poor family environment considering that they acquired the rest of the dolls in a toys sale after a store burned down. In ‘‘Barbie Q,’’what is the thematic significance of the damaged dolls after the fire? The girl’s enthusiasm to get the new dolls -when they said that they prefer to receive new doll’s clothes- suggests that the meaning of these Barbie dolls is more than just a new toy.
The other shoppers, which Sammy called “sheep” reacted with shock and would “kind of jerk, or hop, or hiccup” as the girls walked by but did not say a word. The girls have just chosen Sammy’s line for their purchase when the store manager, Lengel, a conservative Sunday school teacher, walks in. Lengel does not hold his tongue, but instead admonishes the girls for not covering up before coming in the grocery store. Queenie became embarrassed and attempted to explain she is on a quick errand to pick up hearing snacks for her mother but Lengel would hear none of it. Queenie and Lengel battered back and forth about being dressed appropriately until Lengel ended the spat with the dress code speech.
The grocery store was not that busy, informed in the story that “The stores pretty empty, it being Thursday afternoon, so there was nothing much to do except lean on the register and wait for the girls to show up again” (Updike 475). Sammy did not miss the opportunity to keep his eyes on the girls, especially since he was instantly interested in Queenie who was introduced to us as the leader among the girls. Each of the girls was different and had bathing suits on. Sammy was very descriptive about each bathing suit; he included many details. Queenie “had on a kind of dirty-pink beige maybe, I don’t know bathing suit with a little nubble all over it and, what got me, the straps were down, they were off the shoulders looped loose around the cool tops of her arms, and I guess"(Updike 473).
When we visit groceries, we pay attention to our groceries because we don 't encounter awkward situations where the females wear clothing which would distract us from our groceries. Our normal task in the grocery would be to walk in and buy our necessary goods and leave. The story A and P by John Updike focuses on a grocery shop where three female characters walk in wearing their bathing suit and catches the worker’s attention including the manager. Sammy, a employee in the grocery store observes the females and shows his interest towards the girls. This story is taking place in small town where people know each other and often judge each other on their appearance and their personality.
The narrator is joined with her friend who also has a Barbie doll that is slightly different. During the short story the narrator explains how she and her friend make the best of what they have and what they don’t for example when she explains how they invented a dress from a sock by just cutting holes in it. (339) The narrator farther on in the story visits Maxwell Street where they end up getting a good deal on more Barbie dolls due to the fact that they came from a burned down factory and smelled of smoke. (340) What really caught my attention was not that fact that they could get such a great deal on multiple dolls, but rather the attitude of the narrator after receiving the dolls.
“Each person must live their life as a model for others”. This quote was said by Rosa Parks, she was a great role model for many people. Although all Rosa Parks did was just refuse to give up her seat, that made a huge impact in the world during that time. She is mainly known for what occurred on December 1, 1955 which was that she refused to give up her seat on the bus in Montgomery, Alabama. After that passed, civil rights movement began.
Susan Brownell Anthony, a woman of abstinence, abolition, and African-American rights. A brave soul who took pride in trying to fight not only for her rights, but all of the fellow ladies and underprivileged people who did not really have a say. She was a kind woman who simply fought for what she believed in and those happened to be some of the most common human rights that we now have because of people like her. Rights to be payed the same. Rights to vote the same.
Imagine a life where everything seems to revolve around one important element. And just as everything seems to be going well, it all changes within a matter of seconds. In the novel Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham, the protagonist, Jane Arrowood, had to experience this. She had a strong passion for drawing, but she was required to have her dominant arm amputated because of a shark attack. As she recovered slowly in the hospital, she showed her true inner strength when she learned to draw and write with her other hand. When I read this book I connected with Jane by being reminded of all the roadblocks I’ve hit during my basketball career, and I noticed there were learning experiences from Jane’s actions on how to conquer the journey of recovery.